JJ Watt hasn't had as much as an effect on the Houston Texans defensive side of the ball as he has before, but the multiple time Defensive Player Of The Year award recipient isn't too concerned about it.
Watt was selected by the Texans in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft with the 11th overall pick. Watt had a decent career as a defensive lineman at The University Of Wisconsin, racking up nearly 12 sacks in his college career. Watt slowly evolved into the best defensive player the game has to offer, sacking the quarterback, batting down passes, and intercepting balls for a touchdown. He was even used as a Tight End several times on offense and caught a touchdown pass.
He has never had a better season than he did in 2014, finishing the year with 20.5 sacks, 5 forced fumbles, and 5 total touchdowns. He was even a high candidate for the year's MVP award, which was instead won by Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
After being sidelined for the majority of the 2016 NFL season due to a back injury , Watt returned to the gridiron this season and has been able to take up most of opposing offensive line's attention, rack up a decent amount of tackles, but hasn't been able to register a sack quite yet.
Watt recently spoke to media about his disappointing sackless season thus far, but noted that he isn't too worried about it right now (quotes via NFL.com):
"I think that stat-watching becomes very tricky," Watt said, via the Houston Chronicle. "Just because the numbers may not be there, whatever it may be, it's not necessarily always reflective of exactly what's happening.
"If I have to take on two guys or three guys for our guys to go get four forced fumbles in a game, I'll do that all game long. I don't care. If I end the year with zero sacks but we have 40 as a team and 20 forced fumbles, I'll take that all day long.
"Especially the older I get in my career… I don't care about the stats, to be honest with you. All I want to do is win football games. But they will come. Like you said, the hits are there.
"They're coming. But if teams are going to throw the whole house and the kitchen sink at me, we have some incredible players who are going to make great plays."
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What are your thoughts on Watt's disappointing season thus far? Do you think his performances will improve? Or will he simply be a decoy to open up more holes for Texans pass rushers such as Whitney Mercilus, Jadeveon Clowney, and others? Let us know in the comments section below!